Provincial Police report the number of motorists charged with impaired driving in Grey County and the Bruce Peninsula has jumped through the first few months of this year.
OPP say over the last week three drivers were charged with impaired driving in the area to lift the total since the start of 2019 to 34 offences.
Police say that is a 50 per cent increase in the amount of impaired driving charges issued over the same time period -- from Jan. 1 to April 11 -- in 2018.
Const. Adam Belanger says this increase is concerning to the OPP.
"The OPP is committed to public safety," Belanger says. "We will do everything we can to enforce the law to its fullest when it comes to impaired driving."
Tougher impaired driving laws came into effect in Canada late last year, which allow police to request breath samples from any driver they stop without requiring a reasonable suspicion the driver is impaired.
A person who refuses to give a breath sample could face the same penalties as someone found guilty of impaired driving, reports explain, which are a minimum $2,000 fine, vehicle impoundment for seven days and a 90-day licence suspension.
According to numerous reports, maximum prison terms for many indictable impaired driving offences also increased from five years to 10.